- Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (Nov. 26 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765370263
- ISBN-13: 978-0765370266
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.5 x 17.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #457,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Steeped in rock history, infused with power and passion, and laced with psychological horror and razor-sharp tension, this is not an easy read, but a memorable one."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
ROBERT McCAMMON is a New York Times bestseller best known for Swan Song and Boy's Life, both still in print after two decades. He is a frequent nominee and winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has won several World Fantasy Awards. McCammon resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
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The music: McCammon clearly has a passion for rock and roll. Not just the music itself, but the culture of it, the life of a musician, the meaning behind it all. That shines through on every page. From the dozens of fake band names to the cheesy lyrics of entirely fictional songs, The Five will make you love music even more.
The subtlety. Those expecting a balls-out supernatural horror novel will be disappointed. The supernatural is there, but barely; like a whispered background vocal that only comes through when all the other instruments momentarily fade. It comes dangerously close to religious mumbo jumbo at times, but never quite crosses that line enough to ruin it.
The ending. It just hits all the right emotional notes.
The omniscience: Maybe only because it's so uncommon these days, but I find omniscient narration jarring. One paragraph it's inside one character's head, the next paragraph it's onto another character's thoughts, not so much as a scene break between them. I thought the purpose may have been to emphasize that the whole band was the main character, all so deeply interconnected that the story was told from their collective perspective (there's a band name, Collective Perspective). Except then the point of view changes to a random character standing in the background, so, not so much.
The length: If The Five were an album, it would be half filler songs. The self-indulgent ballads that had to be there to get the album up to twelve songs despite only having six good ones. Except it's a book, so there's no hitting fast forward when you get to a whole page describing a minor side character's living room furniture.
When it ends, The Five is, like the song that apparently inspired it, a bitter sweet symphony. It's ultimately satisfying, but there's a lot of boring making ends meet and being a slave to money before getting to the fun dying part.
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Here we have a marginally successful touring band...you know the type - never hit the bigbtime and likely won’t. Now they are on what is likely their last outing in their current incarnation, but someone, or something seems to be after them. Who or what? And why?
Despite a few incredibly stupid actions by the characters toward the end (and by then McCammon had made me like them all so much I suppose I was willing to forgive them....even the FBI agent who would have NEVER allowed such a thing), the book creates a real family of this road band and perhaps its real success lies there - showing the banalities and heartbreak which makes up the reality of 99% of the bands that tour in America.
The murders, while an interesting plot point, bring them even closer together and the book is well written and a quick, enjoyable read. Glad I finally got to it.
This book will make you think about what our Vet's go through, both in combat and perhaps worse, when they return home, the way they are perceived, and the lack of understanding on the parts of those who could not possibly understand what they have been through, and in their constant struggle with the devils that follow them around, and the voices in their heads. The Marine Sniper in this book needed a purpose, a mission, after all, that is what he was trained to do. Then by chance he sees a group, "The Five", on TV one night who happen to say the wrong thing at the right time and our Sniper, "Jeremy", suddenly has a new mission.
"The Five", is a struggling rock group from the Austin music scene who finds themselves the target of an ex Marine Sniper. Enter an FBI agent who is a retired Marine assigned to protect the Band but also believes in the brotherhood of the Marines.
How much can one song affect your soul and perhaps bring about changes that you did not have the courage to jump into on your own, then for some reason, "The Five's" song had the words that gave you the courage. Perhaps "The Five" would never know how many people their last song affected and caused those same people to make a change in their life.
I believe one person who commented said "to have patience when reading this book". I agree. Stick with it.